Two Resolutions Aiming to Void EPA Clean Power Plan Pass House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two bipartisan resolutions aiming to to void the EPA’s Clean Power Plan regulations for new and existing power plants passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday.

The two resolutions – sponsored by Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), will now head to President Obama’s desk.

“The president is moving in a direction that’s going to be harmful to the economy,” said Capito. “It’s going to hurt with energy prices and reliability of the grid. He’s in Paris negotiating a global treaty that will be very detrimental to West Virginia.”

Capito said the resolutions send a strong signal in the midst of the international climate negotiations in Paris that Obama’s climate policies do not have Congressional support.

“He’s pledging billions and billions of American taxpayer dollars to build into a global climate fund,” Capito explained. “Basically by approving these resolutions, the House and the Senate has said the appropriating billions of dollars is not going to happen.”

Before moving to the House, the two resolutions passed the U.S. Senate, also with a bipartisan majority.

Manchin applauded the passage of his resolution to roll back what he called “onerous” EPA regulations for coal-fired power plants.

“The President’s energy agenda has had a crushing impact on West Virginia and other energy states,” Manchin said in part of a news release. “With the passage of these resolutions, Congress is saying ‘enough is enough.’ We are showing the rest of the country and the rest of the world that we will continue to fight against these unobtainable and unreasonable regulations with everything that we have.”

Third District Congressman Evan Jenkins took to the House floor Monday night to urge his fellow representatives to vote “yes” on the pair of resolutions, referring to EPA “over-regulation and overreach.”

“This week we will join together with the House to send President Obama and the EPA a strong message – no more attacks on coal. No more attacks on domestic energy. No more attacks on the people who produce energy,” he said.

Capito admitted that Obama is likely to veto the resolutions.

“The ability to override that veto is probably pretty slim,” Capito said. “But I think it’s important to have our voices be heard and that’s what these resolutions are about.”

First district Congressman David McKinkley, too, supported the two resolutions.

“It’s vital that we use every tactic we have to stop these dangerous policies – in Congress, in the courts, and in the states,” said McKinley. “I will continue to fight to protect our coal miners and keep utility bills affordable.”

By:  Matt Maccaro
Source: Metro News